Fear is such an overused emotion. It seems to me that most people let fear control their choices more than they realize.
From something as benign as trying new foods to something as genuinely risky as motorcycling, I see people refuse new experiences simply because of this overbearing fear of the unknown. Risk is a real thing to manage, and genuine danger is a thing to avoid, but letting the fear drive you only keeps you from doing so effectively and thereby gaining useful experience. I see so many people going through life saying “Nope. Nope. Nope.” instead of “Yes. Yes. Yes.”.
It is said that we fear what we don’t understand. This is why I make it my life’s mission to understand everything to the best of my ability- and the more I understand, the better my ability! Next time you find yourself rejecting an experience, ask yourself “Am I acting out of fear or love?” and “Is this fear really justified?”. Only open minds get filled, and if you never leave your comfort zone you will never expand it. A life lived in fear is limiting. A life lived with zeal is rewarding.
In this spirit, I propose a challenge: Do one thing each week that is new, uncomfortable, or unfamiliar. Leave your comfort zone. You might be pleasantly surprised!